A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Doodle God puts players in the role of a god creating a new universe from scratch. Starting with only four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), you need to combine the elements to figure out how to create everything else in existence. You can create alcoholic beverages in the game and there are jokes about alcohol. You can also make two humans have sex. Everything is depicted with small thumbnail images. There is also a fantasy aspect to the game, as you can end up creating fantasy monsters like golems, ghosts, zombies, and walking tree people (treants). Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
Kids begin with the four historical \"elements\" of earth, air, fire, and water, and then tap on pairs to create new elements or \"groups.\" There are predetermined combinations, so . . . in the beginning . . . kids just run through combinations. For example, earth and fire make lava, and lava and water make stone and steam. Eventually, a prompt challenges kids to create a new \"element,\" the first being a worm.
Is it any good?
DOODLE GOD is a fabulously original concept. Can you create everything in existence, from swamps and clay to dolphins and plasma out of four elements (earth, air, fire, and water)? There's a whole lot of trial and error, mixing one thing with another just to see what happens. But there's also a good strategic aspect to the game. If it gives you a clue such as "What could you combine to form plankton?" you can look at what you've got and decide that your best shot would be water and bacteria. Poof! You've got plankton -- which you can then combine with other elements to create even more new things. This game is addictively fun.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: animals, biology, ecosystems, energy, geology, plants, rocks and minerals
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information
Creativity: combining knowledge, making new creations
- Price: $.99-$2.92
- Release date: March 24, 2011
- Category: Strategy Games
- Size: 19.50 MB
- Publisher: JoyBits Ltd.
- Version: 1.6.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.2 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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